Menu Icon Search
Close Search

Interview Feedback

Individual Response

  • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Hershey
Overall Experience

How did the interview impress you?

Positively

What was the stress level of the interview?

2 out of 10

How you think you did?

10 out of 10

How do you rank this school among ALL other schools?

7 out of 10

Questions

How long was the interview?

45 minutes

Where did the interview take place?

At the school

How many people interviewed you?

2

What was the style of the interview?

One-on-one

What type of interview was it?

Open file

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 1)?

"Who was your main role model in deciding on a career in medicine?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 2)?

"What are your personal strengths and weaknesses that will impact you in your medical career?" Report Response

What is one of the specific questions they asked you (question 3)?

"What problematic aspects of the U.S. health care system have you considered?" Report Response

What was the most interesting question?

"What is your favorite Shakespeare play? (I'm an English major)" Report Response

What was the most difficult question?

"For some reason I answered the "problems in the U.S. health care system" question weird this time and talked too much about financial stuff, which led the interviewer to feel the need to explain to me why medical school is expensive. I think it came off as if I was complaining about the price of tuition, but I was trying to make a statement about the cost of medical education and medicine in general . . . " Report Response

How did you prepare for the interview?

"read the website and sdn. prepared for "why penn state" and "why medicine" questions and came up with questions to ask about the school." Report Response

What impressed you positively?

"the humanities program! very very friendly atmosphere and good student fac. relationships. the patient project is cool (you visit a chronically ill patient in the home). they have anatomy right away. the cost is comparatively reasonable. the have the lectures online. the residency match was much more impressive than i expected. " Report Response

What impressed you negatively?

"The normal grading scale (fail/pass/highpass/honors is basically ABCD). I really liked the school but I think the town would be a big problem for me. I would definitely need a car or I would go insane. Everything is so spread out . . . and the med school seems to be in the middle of nowhere. You can go have fun in Harrisburg if you can get there, but I was barely motivated enough to leave my hotel because it seemed so uninteresting in the town. " Report Response

What did you wish you had known ahead of time?

"About the cool humanities program. " Report Response

What are your general comments?

"2 interviews. First a welcome talk, then the interviews, lunch and a tour with a volunteer (he was very friendly and informative). I didn't mind having the tour with the volunteer but plan to pepper the med students with questions in the limited time you have with them, because the interviews were rather rushed, and the only time you get with the students is at lunch because only 2 came. Stay at the Days Inn. My room was huge with everything you could ever need inside (free internet, iron, microwave, fridge). Breakfast, pool, fitness center. It was $50/night which includes a shuttle to/from the airport or bus station AND to your interview! " Report Response

Tour and Travel

Who was the tour given by?

Other

How did the tourguide seem?

Neutral

How do you rank the facilities?

8 out of 10

What is your in-state status?

Out of state

What was your total time spent traveling?

7+ hours

What was your primary mode of travel?

Automobile

About how much did you spend on room, food, and travel?

$201-$300

Where did you stay?

At school facility

How would you rate the hotel?

10 out of 10

What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Days Inn

Would you recommend the hotel?

yes

General Info

On what date did the interview take place?

02/16/2009

How do you rank this school among other schools to which you've applied?

7 out of 10

What is your ranking of this school's location?

1 out of 10

What is your ranking of this area's cultural life?

1 out of 10

How is the responsiveness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

How is the friendliness of the admissions office?

10 out of 10

// All Questions & Responses //

See what the community had to say about this medical school.

Browse all Questions & Responses

// Share //